WAYLAND, MICH. - #JustSayThanks, an October campaign created by the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, has come to a highly successful end, officials say.
Starting on the first of the month until the end of October, chamber officials, homeowners and businesses visibly displayed thanks and appreciation of local law enforcement with yard signs.
The goal was to place 50 yard signs in yards adjacent to main roads in the city.
According to Chamber Director Denise Behm in a news release, "When an officer puts on his or her badge each day, they are also risking their life to protect and serve us. They do not know if they will make it home at the end of their shirt.
"They sacrifice and endure extreme situations that most of us would not want to imagine."
The ambassadors went door-to-door to talk with home and business owners about the #JustSayThanks campaign and the response received was reported "overwhelming." Many homeowners offered to purchase signs to guarantee they would receive one.
The first 50 signs were provided at no cost because of business sponsorships, however, thanks to high demand, four additional sign orders needed to be placed. According the ambassadors, this surpassed the original intended quantity by 300 percent.
Signs have begun appearing all across Michigan, as well as Indiana and Texas.
Blue Christmas-style lights, bows and banner flags adorned downtown Wayland. According to the ambassadors, the color blue represents law enforcement who have sacrificed their lives to protect and serve their communities.
#JustSayThanks window clings were displayed on numerous doors and windows of homes and businesses.
The ambassadors are hosting a complimentary dinner open to all local law enforcement and their families on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Centennial Barn in Wayland.
To continue to show appreciation and thanks, the #JustSayThanks signs, lights and ribbons will be displayed annually the week of May 15, which is national Peace Officer's Memorial Day.
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